|Bird Finials and Gold Necklaces Beaded|
I used four colors: the topiaries got a size 11/0 hex shaped bead in teal green from Miyuki. These have a lot of sparkle because they are six-sided. The cat statues' necklaces are made from gold hex beads, but this time from Sundance. The gold beads are size 14/0, which means they are smaller than the teal ones. (The larger the number, the smaller the bead, just like needles.) The bird finials use white round beads like little pearls from Miyuki that are size 15/0 and pale blue hex beads (also from Miyuki) that are size 11/0. Note that I mixed various bead sizes and shapes on the finials.
The topiaries got teal green beads scattered at random to make them stand out a little bit. If you look at the photo, you'll see that the beads are placed to sort of enhance the shapes. However, if you don't do random, just put a bead approximately where the eye of the cat, fish, mouse or bird would be, then pour 6-10 more beads on the topiary. (More beads go on the larger topiaries and fewer on the smaller ones.) Shove them around with your needle's tip until you like the distribution. Mark the approximate position of each bead on a xerox of the canvas, then slide the beads off the canvas into a tray so you can pick them up one by one to attach them in the positions marked on the paper copy.
The cat statue necklaces have each gold hex bead attached separately just as if I were doing tent stitches. By the way, I thought about using the same gold hex beads on the gold lock in the gate, but when I put a bead on top, it didn't look good. So I tent stitched the lock with gold Kreinik and the keyhole with black Trebizond silk perle. In the photo above, I haven't stitch the lock yet.
|Beads on the Topiary Bushes|
Remember Robin King's diagram for using brick stitch to attach beads? Each bead nestles in the hole between two threads. This means there is a little space between each bead and the thread used to attach them shows a bit. In other words, each blue hex bead is not jammed up against each white pearl bead. The space between them hides the fact that they are not the same size and shape.
If I had tried to solidly bead the finials in tent stitches, the size and type differences between the white and blue beads would have been emphasized. Which is fine for some effects but not for the finials. I needed a smooth look despite the differences between the two colors of beads. Brick stitch gave that to me.
Now it is time to start to assemble the cat topiary garden into a wall hanging. More on that later.
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